Thursday, May 12, 2011

Greenbrier Cos. adjusts Gunderson management

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The Greenbrier Cos. Wednesday said it appointed Mark Eitzen vice president and general manager of the company’s Gunderson LLC manufacturing plant in Portland, Ore., effective April 15.

greenbrier_cos._logo.jpgEitzen, who joined Greenbrier in 1999, has been general manager of Gunderson's Marine operation for the past five years. He now has responsibility for Gunderson’s Marine and Rail operations, which currently employ about 900 personnel on Portland's Willamette River waterfront. He will continue reporting to Alejandro Centurion, president of Greenbrier's manufacturing operations in North America.

Owen Whitehall, who earlier held the position of general manager for Gunderson Rail Operations, will continue to head Global Sourcing for Greenbrier, reporting to Centurion. Whitehall also will work to develop and expand new lines of business for Gunderson and for Greenbrier’s manufacturing segment, capitalizing on Gunderson's expertise in heavily engineered products and metal fabrication, and work to streamline certain shared services among Greenbrier’s various business units. He will maintain offices at Gunderson with staff located there, and also at Greenbrier’s corporate offices in Lake Oswego, Ore.

The company said Greg Saxton, senior vice president and chief engineer at Gunderson, will continue to have responsibility for railcar engineering at Greenbrier for its combined North American business segments including Manufacturing, Leasing, and Rail Services.